Norse explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates

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Vikings: Norse explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates
Vikings were the Norse people from southern Scandinavia who from the late 8th to late 11th centuries raided and traded from their Northern European homelands across wide areas of Europe, and explored westwards to Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland. While the term viking historically referred to an activity undertaken by Norsemen, cognate with Normans, in modern English and other vernaculars, the term viking also commonly includes the inhabitants of Norse home communities during this period. This period of Nordic military, mercantile and demographic expansion had a profound impact on the early medieval history of Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Estonia, Kievan Rus' and Sicily.


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